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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Sherman County Records Inventory

County Commissioners Administrative Journals

1889-[ongoing]

Series documents all administrative actions of the board of county commissioners and the county court. In most counties, the board of county commissioners has assumed the administrative duties and responsibilities of the county court. Administrative actions include levying taxes; budgeting; approving appropriations; appointing county officials; approving officials bonds and annual reports; receiving petitions and remonstrances concerning county roads; defining and establishing county roads; calling bond elections for the construction of county buildings; compiling jury lists and conducting hearings; approving salaries and expenses of county officials; confirming elections; and issuing licenses for such things as liquor, ferries, warehouses, and groceries. The series may be referred to as the County Court Administrative Journal, Commissioner's Minutes, County Court Docket, or Board of Commissioners Meeting Records.

Records at the Sherman County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Commissioners Docket, vol. 2-6, 1892-1960 (5 volumes);
Commissioners Journal Index, 1889-1959 (1 reel of microfilm);
Commissioners Journal, vol. A-C, 1889-1959 (1 reel of microfilm);
Historical Value [County Court Administrative Papers], 1893-ca.1910 (.50 cu.ft.);
Miscellaneous Records [includes water rights, mining claims, commissioners' journals, marriages, military discharges, miscellaneous records, and other documents], 1960-1977, 1982-1987 (7 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Sherman County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Co. Court [County Court Administrative Records-trifolded], ca.1889-ca.1924 (4 cu.ft.);
Commissioners Docket, 1889-1893 (1 volume); vol. 7-9, 1960-present (3 volumes);
[Commissioners Journal Index], 1889-1959 (1 reel of microfilm);
Commissioners' Journal, vol. A-C, 1889-1959 (3 volumes);
[Commissioners Journal], vol. A-C, 1889-1959 (1 reel of microfilm); 1987-2000 (1 inch of microfilm jackets);
[Commissioners Journal-includes agendas], 2009-present (2 volumes);
County Court [Administrative Case Files-includes orders, resolutions, budgets, correspondence, contracts, and related records], ca.1914-present (15 cu.ft.);
County Court and County Roads [includes county court administrative and road records-title varies], no. 1-299, ca.1921-1970 (4.20 cu.ft.);
Index to Commissioners Journal A, B & C, 1889-1959 (1 volume);
Miscellaneous County Court Matters [Index-to "County Court and County Roads" and "County Court" records], ca.1921-2004 (2 volumes);
[Miscellaneous Records-includes water rights, mining claims, commissioners' journals, marriages, military discharges, miscellaneous records, and other documents], 1960-1977, 1982-1987 (7 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Sherman County Web Site:
Archive of County Court Minutes, 2010-present (Internet).

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